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Friday 19th May 2017 - Adam Deller - Wandering through the Milky Way with Radio Astronomy

8pm Friday 28th April we have Adam Deller from Swinburne talking to us about "Wandering through the Milky Way with Radio Astronomy"!

If our eyes were sensitive to radio waves, the night sky (and the day sky!) would be a very different sight.  But what exactly would we be seeing, and why would those sources be pumping out powerful radio waves?  In this talk, I'll take a tour through the Galaxy looking at the origin of the radio emission we see.  I'll also take a look at what happens to the radio emission on its way to us at the Earth, and use to introduce one of my long-standing research topics: mapping the warm gas component of the Milky Way.

Adam Deller is a research astronomer, ARC Future Fellow and senior lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.  His research focuses on observational radio astronomy, including neutron stars, black holes, and fast radio bursts (FRBs).

If you have an interest in radio astronomy the MBO Radio Astronomy Group (RAG) will be meeting at 10am this Sunday 21st May.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


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Friday 12th May 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having two different science videos for your enjoyment and education:


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 5 - The Clean Room. This episode describes how science, in particular the work of Clair Patterson (voiced in animated sequences by Richard Gere) in the middle of the 20th century, has been able to determine the age of the Earth.


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 74 - The Evolution of Galaxies.   How do galaxies form and evolve over time?  Is it possible to determine what nearby galaxies, or even the Milky Way, once looked like?  The answers can be found by examining distant galaxies that formed when the Universe was young.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the telescopes (weather permitting).


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

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Friday 5th May 2017 - VASTROC Welcome BBQ with Perry Vlahos

This Friday night we have something a bit different, and a bit earlier (7pm), for our members night!  Here's the message from our President.

The countdown to VASTROC is well under way.  Blast off will be this Friday from ~ 7pm with a barbecue for MBO members and VASTROC attendees.  We are keen to know numbers so if you are coming on Friday but not to VASTROC drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can make sure there are enough snags to go around.  Perry will be at his entertaining best with sky for the month whilst the Mayor of Cardinia, Brett Owens will be opening the event!
 
The VASTROC program is available on the website so if you are keen on coming to a session then you can book a ticket here.  It is a catered event at Emerald Secondary College so there is a cost but we have done everything possible to keep it as low as possible and we do offer student discounts.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


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Friday 28th April 2017 - Dr Andrew Prentice - Laplacian Theory of the Solar System

8pm Friday 28th April we have Dr Andrew Prentice talking on his "Laplacian Theory of the Solar System":

During the past 40 years Dr Prentice has developed a radical new theory of how our solar system was formed.    He has based his ‘Modern Laplacian Theory’ of the Solar system origin on the nebula hypothesis first proposed by the French mathematician Pierre S. de Laplace in 1796.  With his former Oxford mentor Dr Dirk ter Haar, Dr Prentice proposed in 1973 that the physical phenomenon of supersonic turbulence might be the mechanism by which the primitive Sun cast off a concentric family of orbiting gas rings from which the planetary system condensed.  Although the theory is still regarded as being controversial, he has gained worldwide prominence through the success of many key predictions that have been based on the theory.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.